What is the song You Can Call Me Al by Paul Simon about?

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  1. Paul Edmondson profile imageSTAFF
    Paul Edmondsonposted 6 years ago

    What is the song You Can Call Me Al by Paul Simon about?

    We were listening to you can call me Al. I love the lyrics, but dont know what the song is about.

  2. rebekahELLE profile image87
    rebekahELLEposted 6 years ago

    I don't really know, but I use this site a lot when trying to find out more about a song.  http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1068  It is a nice song.

  3. Lord De Cross profile image76
    Lord De Crossposted 6 years ago

    Is about a mid-life crisis, that we all all go through. Where do we go, what would happen if I die right now, are we real role models?... and such... This song was inspired by an incident at a Party: Paul was married to Betty Harper back then, and at the Party, French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez, who was attending the same party, mistakenly referred to Paul as "Al" and to Peggy as "Betty", inspiring Simon to write a song. The song features this catchy bass run performed by Bakithi Kumalo (who's birthday was on the day of recording...so you can feel his vibes)

  4. Druid Dude profile image60
    Druid Dudeposted 6 years ago

    Can't argue with what's been said....but wanted to tell you that the original video is BOMB! Chevy Chase and Paul Simon. Ya gotta see it!

  5. KimberlyLake profile image86
    KimberlyLakeposted 6 years ago

    I looked it up on this website http://www.lyricinterpretations.com/Pau … Call-Me-Al I gather that it is about a guy going through some sort of midlife crisis and turns to alcohol and his whole life changes. I thought this was an interesting interpretation. I love that song and I found this cool website! Thanks for asking smile

  6. twoseven profile image88
    twosevenposted 6 years ago

    That lyric interpretations site is great!  Just have to correct one of the comments - Paul Simon was never married to a Betty Harper!  I think this is one of his greatest songs.  And part of what I love about his songs are the lyrics are so captivating, but also lend themselves to so many interpretations...

 
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